The Punch Brother and MacArthur Genius talks about why he chose the mandolin and how it relates to Roger Federer.

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This initial Limited Edition Release of only 36 instruments ships in a tour ready custom fit hard shell case complete with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Warren Ellis.

Toronto, Canada (May 28, 2014) -- Eastwood Guitars and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis have teamed up again, resulting in the instrumental embodiment of evil. Get ready for the world’s first electric double neck electric mandolin and tenor - introducing the Warren Ellis Signature MandoTenor.

Warren was looking for a new custom instrument in time for his 2014 tour schedule with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. “In 2013 I was on tour forever and I threw the idea out there to Mike after a rather surreal dream I had involving Daft Punk and an orangutan” said Warren, “and rather than treat me like I had been on tour for too long, he put the machine in motion and ran with it. When the prototype of Black Ned arrived it knocked me out”.

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The Colorado sextet perfect their multi-genre approach with a new album produced by a Talking Head.

There are certain geographic regions that just drip with an undeniable musical identity. The sound of James Jamerson’s groove on the Detroit Motown sides, or the tight-but-loose country-rock stylings that blossomed out of Alabama’s Muscle Shoals have defined those regions as much as anything else. For nearly 20 years, The String Cheese Incident has created an incredibly intense, but powerfully distinctive sound surrounded by the picturesque Rocky Mountains. The Boulder-based collective chews up and spits out everything from EDM and dubstep to bluegrass and Americana with staggering authenticity.

That natural process of collecting, absorbing, and interpreting various influences has turned what began as a forward-thinking progressive acoustic quartet into a muscular and dynamic sextet that could easily go from Coltrane’s “Impressions” to Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” without blinking an eye. “If you listened to a tape of what we sounded like then and what we sound like now, there would be some head-scratching,” says frontman Bill Nershi.

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